Lawrence University Community Council met Wednesday, April 7, in a brief first meeting of the term. A small number of committee members were present for Joel Rogers first meeting presiding as president.In little more than half an hour, Rogers and Vice President Tariq Engineer conducted their introductory meeting of the full council, in which Rogers laid out his basic agenda for the council members in attendance.
“It’s been a lot of work over the first two weeks,” Rogers told the council, “It’s been good work.”
He presented several goals for his administration. Rogers’ agenda for the coming year includes looking into the possibility of using Viking Gold in the Viking Room, the campus bar. Viking Gold is a credit that students carry on their IDs that currently can be used in the Union Grill, the Underground Coffeehouse, and Union Station.
He also told the council that he would like to investigate the possibility of partnering with a local cinema to bring movies onto campus. Rogers again reiterated his desire to see a revamping of athletic facilities and limits placed on the lengths of athletic practices.
In other business, the council approved the Formal Group Housing and Selection and Review Board members. The members are: Rachel Long, Tracy Bos, Alex Beyer, Megan Losse, Lily Waters, Fred Dias, Erica Marshall, James Hall, and Carla Zarecki. The board was originally to be approved during the winter term, but fell to this term’s agenda and had to be approved at this week’s meeting before President Warch’s office stepped in.
Council member Randall Edwards commented on the composition of the board. “It’s a good mix of names,” he said, noting that there was one fraternity member, one sorority member, and one non-Greek, coming from three organizations that are not up for new formal group housing contracts this year.
The Kohler Draheim representatives brought complaints from Draheim residents before the council. Residents of Draheim, situated on the quad, complained of excessive noise on the fraternity quadrangle at late hours. According to representatives, a resident of one of the fraternity houses was playing music extremely loudly very late at night on Wednesday.
Council members suggested calling members of the group in question directly and calling campus security as the situation demands.